Murder charge in hotel shooting
A B.C. man has been charged with a brazen afternoon slaying outside a Surrey hotel in March.
Johnny Steven Drynock, 22, is facing one count of first-degree murder in the March 13 shooting of Birinderjeet Justin Bhangu in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn Hotel in the 8200-block 166th Street.
Drynock remains in custody in Kamloops after being charged with three firearms offences last month in Merritt.
“Following two months of exhaustive work and intensive evidence gathering, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has received charge approval for first-degree murder against Mr. Drynock,” Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound said Wednesday.
“The media and the public played an integral role in assisting IHIT identify the suspect and ensuring any issues surrounding public safety were not overlooked.”
Drynock is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Surrey on Friday, Pound said.
She said the investigation is ongoing and that IHIT is looking for information on a motive.
A suspect in Bhangu’s killing was captured on video surveillance cameras focused on the hotel parking lot. Bhangu was in the driver’s seat of an Acura MDX when his suspected shooter backed into a nearby parking spot in a Nissan Pathfinder about 2:20 p.m.
The suspect was seen in video exiting his vehicle and approaching the driver’s side of the Acura. He began firing shots at Bhangu.
The suspect then ran back to his vehicle and fled the parking lot westbound, making a right hand turn onto Fraser Hwy.
Police found the Pathfinder used in the murder in Kelowna on March 14.
Bhangu, 29, was a well-known gangster with links to some of the recent violence in the Lower Mainland. He had a criminal record dating back more than a decade.
His family issued a statement through IHIT Wednesday:
“This devastating incident is something that has changed our lives forever. It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our son, our brother and our friend,” it said.